Forest View Levee


Section 205 of the Flood Control Act of 1948 (P.L. 80-858), as amended


In partnership with the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRDGC), the Chicago District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is conducting a Feasibility Study to address flood risk in the communities of Forest View and Stickney, Illinois, which is associated with overbank flooding from the Des Plaines River. Lyons levee, which provides a line of protection for the communities, was overtopped during a record flood event in April 2013.  Levee assessments conducted by USACE and others have identified stability and seepage issues with the structure in its current condition. The tentatively selected plan will repair and improve the existing Lyons Levee along its entire 4,200 foot alignment.

The communities of Forest View and Stickney, Illinois are located outside the western border of the City of Chicago, about 10 miles from the downtown area. There are approximately 800 homes in the leveed area, large industrial facilities used for storing fuels, a Commonwealth Edison power substation, wastewater treatment facilities associated with the MWRDGC Stickney Water Reclamation Plant, Home Elementary school, and Edison School. The Forest View Police and Fire Stations, and the Stickney Fire Department are also located within the leveed area. Flooding at these critical facilities could impede the ability to respond to emergency and put lives at risk.


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The Detailed Project Report and Integrated Environmental Assessment, documenting the study process and recommendations, was approved on 5 January 2017.  The project is now in final design. Contract award is scheduled for Spring of 2018.

Project Manager

Imad Samara